RESIDENTS in the rural community have the chance to take part in a training course about bumblebees.

The one-day classroom session will focus on the vital role wildflowers play in the survival of bees, and will be held at Mount Pleasant Gardens, Kelsall, on Wednesday, June 29, from 10.30am-3.30pm.

Graham Royle and Gill Watson of national wildlife centre Landlife will teach the basics of the social organisation of the honeybee. The practical session demonstrates how to handle a colony of bees and will provide information on the benefits of bee-keeping.

The course, which is free of charge to Cheshire residents and £25 to those who live outside the county, is funded through the Habitats and Hillforts Training Programme.

Places will be limited. The closing dates for bookings is June 16.

For further information or to book, call Helen Broughton on 01270 627938.